The Father of the web, Tim Berners-Lee, is auctioning the source code for the World Wide Web as an NFT – a unit of data stored on a blockchain that allows you to buy and sell possession of unique digital items and keep track of the owner.
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World Wide Web will be offered as an NFT in a self-organized online auction dubbed ‘This Changed Everything’. The Sotheby’s auction will open on 23rd June and ends on 30th June, the bidding will begin at $1000 and the proceedings will be supervised by Tim and his wife.
The files sourced by NFT’s include; an original archive of time-stamped and dated files from 1990 and 1991 containing 9,555 lines of source code, whose contents include execution of the three languages invented by Tim that remain important to the World Wide Web today; HTML (Hypertext Markup Language), HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol), and URIs (Uniform Resource Identifiers), and original HTML documents that taught the initial web users how to operate the application.
The auction articles also include; an animated 30-minute video of the code being typed, a vector file, created by original files using python, that could be put out as a poster, a graphic of a digital signature from Berners-Lee himself, and a letter that was written by Tim in which he evaluates on the process of developing the code and the effect it has created.
Upon asking, why is he even selling the World Wide Web as an NFT, Tim replied:
“Why an NFT? Well, it’s a customary thing to do when you are a computer scientist and when you have been writing codes for many years. It feels good to digitally sign my signature on a completely electronic memento.”
Tim Berners-Lee submitted a proposal for worldwide web in 1990 while he was working at a nuclear research lab. His idea added a meaningful way, to the already existing internet, to share information through websites.